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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles Hardcover – May 1974


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 25 Anv edition (May 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060218053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060218058
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A book many children are going to love." -- "Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Bently VINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I must be one of that small band of people who came to know Julie Andrews first as a writer. LOTRGW was the book which turned me on to reading as a child. It was in the class library and is the first proper book I remember.
The story is wonderful and imaginative - a Wizard of Oz-style quest. Lindy, Tom and Ben meet a kindly professor who magics them to a strange kingdom in search of the last remaining whangdoodle. Of course they meet a fair number of challenges along the way - monsters disguised as motorbikes and two-faced friends - and their only hope of succeeding is to work as a team as they face a series of physical, emotional and moral obstacles.
My favorite creature is the brave, vain Whiffle Bird, who only speaks in emergencies and who I imagine as looking like something off Sesame Street. She is an unlikely but beguiling heroine.
My only sadness is that LOTRGW doesn't enjoy greater acclaim - to me it was the Harry Potter of its day. As an eight-year-old I found it practically perfect in every way and I couldn't have wished for a better introduction to the world of books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "airwolfjanette" on 3 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
I had the fondest memories of reading this book when I was younger & now I am loving it all over again as I share it with my 7 year old daughter. We have both been drawn into a truly magical world, bed time just isn't long enough.
I would recommend this book to ANYONE who has a sense of wonder & imagination. A must read!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
For those who have read Roald Dahl’s “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory”, please rest assured that this is not about the large, hungry and mean Oompa-Loompa-eating Whangdoodles of that story. Julie Andrews’ creation rules as King of Whangdoodleland, lives in a remote castle and has a sweet tooth with a flower design on it. He is the last of his species, the rest having disappeared into a “Neverending Story” type “nothing” caused by human’s increasing inability to believe in fantasy. The last Whangdoodle looks like a small horse with horns, can change color at will, and grows a new set of slippers each year.
This is the enchanting story of the last adult on earth to believe in the Whangdoodle, and how he enlists three willing children to help him in his quest to actually meet him. Of course quests are never easy, and the children have to learn to use their imaginations through a series of brain-straining lessons before setting off for Whangdoodleland and the greatest adventure of their lives.
They encounter many new creatures along the way, some helpful and friendly, like the wise but ditzy Whiffle Bird, and some decidedly unpleasant, like the “oily” Prime Minister Prock, the Swamp Gaboons, the High-Behind Splintercat, the Sidewinders, the Flummox, the Tree Squeaks, the Oinck, the Gazooks, and not forgetting the fearsome monstrous Gyascutus.
This is a fast moving story that will entertain all ages, and it includes little educational tidbits about science and nature, as well as a couple of moral and biblical references. Strap on your scrappy caps, jump on your Jolly Boat, and set sail with Julie Andrews Edwards to Whangdoodleland.
Amanda Richards
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 1999
Format: Turtleback
Okay, this is the first non-picture book I ever read... and it really influenced the way I felt about reading. You have to use your imagination to see the fantastical characters and places... there's an entire world that you make up in your head!! I'm in college now, and I ended up writing a college essay about this book, even though I read it so long ago (second grade). Wow... I jsut don't have the words to tell you how great and amazing and wonderful and incredible and fabulous and... the list goes on... this book is. I'll stop now and let you imagine for yourselves how magnificent this book is. Plus, it's written by Mary Poppins... how can you go wrong????
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
I was first introduced to this book as an elementary school student. My fifth grade teacher read it aloud to our class. I was so entranced that I had to get a copy for myself. As an adult and a junior high teacher, I lent it to a student and never saw it again. Now, figuring it was out of print, I am overjoyed to be able to share it with my students again. This story is a journey through the imagination and faith. Parents, students and teachers alike will derive pleasure from reading this book. Read it aloud to your kids, they will thank you for it even 20 years later. I just thanked my fifth grade teacher for sharing it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 May 1999
Format: Paperback
I first read "Whangdoodles" in 1977 when I received it as an eleventh birthday gift from my sister. Since then, it has become one of my favorite children's books which I have revisited countless times and shared with my nieces and nephews. "Whangdoodles" is a whimsical, fantastic adventure which underscores how a well-developed imagination can be a tool for discovering the important lessons of life: goal-setting, training, trust, teamwork, creativity, open-mindedness and determination.
Lindy, Thomas and Benjamin are three ordinary children who meet and are taken under the wing of the extraordinary Professor Savant. Together they discover a unique land filled with rare and wonderful creatures like the Slippery Prock, the High-Behind Splinter Cat, Tree Squeaks and Flutterbies. They take a ride on the Jolly Boat, cross trecherous terrain and face many challenges on their way to meet the reclusive Whangdoodle.
With the Professor's guidance, the children prove that preconceived notions can be a handicap, and that faith and perserverance can help one achieve nearly anything.
This book is right up there with "Edward Eager's "Half Magic" and E. Nesbitt's "Five Children & It."
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